With a view to tackle law and order situation in run up to municipal and panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir, an elaborate security grid has been laid out across the Valley, with special emphasis on south Kashmir, sources said. The polls are slated to begin in October and continue till mid-December.
Four hundred additional companies of security forces are being engaged for the elections.
Sources told The Indian Express that the 238 additional companies of forces requisitioned for Amarnath Yatra this year were retained by the state, while an additional 162 companies have been called in to provide what the administration is referring to as an “environment of security” for the polls.
Meanwhile, the State Election Commission has decided to club polling stations in the Valley, for both the urban local body and panchayat polls. While in the urban centres, the number of polling stations could be reduced by half, in parts of south…